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Report on reserve component's future coming soon
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The future of the Defense Department's reserve component is the topic of a review coming soon, a senior defense official said. Dennis M. McCarthy, assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs, told the audience at the Reserve Officers Association's 26th annual exposition that he has been involved in preparing the review for the past eight months. More


Gates says Pentagon faces spending 'crisis' over congressional inaction
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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the Pentagon is facing a spending "crisis" and could be forced to make immediate cuts in training and operations because Congress has failed to approve a final budget for the military this year. Gates said the Defense Department might have to cut projected spending by as much as $23 billion this year unless Congress acts soon. The Obama administration submitted its annual budget proposal of $549 billion for the Pentagon 11 months ago, but lawmakers have not taken a final vote. More

Officials: US better at finding cyber attackers
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U.S. military and law enforcement officials say the government has made significant strides in figuring out who is responsible for complex cyber attacks, a fundamental but elusive first step to determine whether the U.S. should strike back, whom to strike, and how hard. U.S. authorities are using a mix of high-tech forensics and a greater emphasis on spying within the online world, although officials won't reveal exactly how they are ferreting out cyber criminals in the vast, often anonymous Internet universe. More

Balancing the need for Pentagon savings against 21st-century threats
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For two years, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has been trying to get ahead of what he correctly perceived would be the inevitable rationalization of military spending in an era of fiscal austerity. First he went after wasteful weapons systems, halting production of advanced warplanes, ships and other hardware that would have cost $300 billion if completed. Last year he attacked the Pentagon bureaucracy, ordering cuts in contractors and intelligence agencies and the closure of the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk; in all, he asked the services to find $100 billion in savings over five years. The idea was to apply the saved funds to pressing new priorities, so that the overall defense budget would continue to increase by a modest amount each year. More


A Reservist in a new war, against foreclosure
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While Sgt. James B. Hurley was away at war, he lost a heartbreaking battle at home. In violation of a law intended to protect active military personnel from creditors, agents of Deutsche Bank foreclosed on his small Michigan house, forcing Sergeant Hurley's wife, Brandie, and her two young children to move out and find shelter elsewhere. More

First lady rallies for military families
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First lady Michelle Obama, aiming to use her platform to "lift up" the voices of military families and ease their burdens, is about to ask all Americans to do more than simply thank our troops for their service. She wants businesses to hire military spouses, even if they know their new employees might have to move in a couple of years. She wants parishioners to find military families in their churches and offer to run errands or babysit for them. She wants accountants to offer pro bono help with their taxes. She wants schools to figure out which kids have parents deployed overseas and give them a little extra support. More

Soldiers learn to prevent suicide
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Local soldiers in the U.S. Army Reserve underwent a new training program that incorporates interactive role-playing in order to understand the complications of suicide intervention. The reservists were asked to role-play situations where they could act as the caregiver or counselor to someone contemplating suicide. The soldiers went through two days of Applied Suicide Skills Training, also known as ASIST, which combines a day of classroom lectures and another day of hands-on training for suicide prevention, said Capt. Roland Geyrozaga, a chaplain and ASIST instructor with the 9th Mission Support Command. More


ROA names Yeager Chaplain of Year for 2010
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The Reserve Officers Association of the United States announced Chaplain (Maj.) Carol A. Yeager, as Chaplain of the Year for 2010. "I am honored to be selected by ROA as their Chaplain of the Year, an honor only made possible by the opportunities God has given me through the Air Force," said Chaplain Yeager. "I am grateful for the support and many sacrifices of my husband and children, and the mentorship of outstanding chaplains throughout my career. I endeavor to continue their example as I mentor other young chaplains." More

CSAF calls for more collaboration amid budget pressures
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Intense budget pressure, made worse by the failure to pass the fiscal 2011 defense appropriations bill, requires increased joint and total force collaboration across the U.S. military, according to the Air Force chief of staff. Gen. Norton Schwartz made the comments during remarks at the Reserve Officers Association National Security Symposium Jan. 30, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. During his speech, General Schwartz said Air Force officials are working to trim bureaucracy and overhead, which ideally will result in a two-to-three percent savings to reinvest in warfighting capabilities and requirements. More


National Guard's longest-serving adjutant general retires
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After some 48 years in the West Virginia National Guard, and 15 as the state's adjutant general, Army Maj. Gen. Allen Tackett was honored at an often-times emotional retirement ceremony on Jan. 21. On the occasion of his retirement, Tackett held the distinction as being the longest-serving adjutant general in the nation. More

Cost-cutting prompts massive reorganization
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Tens of thousands of you will see your duties and chains of command change under a massive cost-cutting reorganization that calls for shutting down numbered air forces and merging air operations centers. The overhaul will phase out 700 positions in the two years it will take to complete and should save billions of dollars, which will be poured back into acquisitions. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley laid out the details of the plan in a Jan. 12 speech to the Air Force Association; a week earlier, Defense Secretary Robert Gates identified the broad terms of how the service agreed to rein in spending. More

3-star opens up about battle with addiction
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Standing before a packed hall of 700 military doctors and medics here, the deputy commander of the nation's elite special operations forces warned about an epidemic of chronic pain sweeping through the U.S. military after a decade of continuous war. Be careful about handing out narcotic pain relievers, Lt. Gen. David Fridovich told the audience last month. "What we don't want is that next generation of veterans coming out with some bad habits." What Fridovich didn't say was that he was talking as much about himself as anyone. More


National Guard (In federal status) and Reserve activated as of Jan. 25
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This week the Army, Navy and Marine Corps announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Air Force and Coast Guard announced an increase. The net collective result is 1,695 fewer reservists activated than last week. At any given time, services may activate some units and individuals while deactivating others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease. More

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